Prestigious Silver Star Wine Festival about to uncork for second year


Wine Fest group dining

Wine Fest group dining

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Elevated menus, wine tastings, entertainment and markets are on the menu for the four-day Silver Star Wine Festival, and it’s less than two weeks away.

It is the second year the festival is bringing the fun to the alpine village where guests can enjoy biking, hiking and sightseeing in the Monashee Mountains, according to a media release by Destination Silver Star.

The signature event is the Walk-About Tasting where chefs pair foods with the finest wines from 30 BC wineries.

Professional chef Bernard Casavant is a Restaurant Hall of Fame inductee in the province and the culinary director at Lakehouse Kitchens Cooking School.

“Our guests will be able to indulge in tasting bites of the finest fresh and locally sourced products from our region, including a sweet treat to take away.” Casavant said in the release. “From a seared wild salmon satay with soba noodle salad bowl to a chickpea-crusted, fried adzuki bean tempeh taco, we will have mouthwatering pairings for every palate.”

The festival also features a selection of signature pairing dinners and brunches hosted by Silver Star’s most renowned establishments. 

On Friday evening, August 11, SilverStar Mountain Resort is offering an “exquisitely crafted five-course menu rooted in flavours of Italy” orchestrated by executive chef Scott Sanderson. The menu features fresh BC seafood and wine from five Okanagan wineries.

At the same time Black Pine Social is offering a rustic European experience curated by chef Jarred Sauve and owner Brandon Loughery.

The menu draws “inspiration from rustic European alpine culture, with a sprinkle of influence of Japanese cuisine,” reads the release. Meals will be paired with wines from The Hatch and Black Swift Vineyards by co-owner and sommelier Mel Loughery.

Freida Whales, a drag queen from Kelowna, will be performing at Black Pine Social’s Sunday drag brunch. Bulldog Grand Café will be hosting special features, including charcuterie and wine pairings, live music, DJs, and weekend brunch menus.

New this year are wine seminars led by industry experts where guests taste wine and learn about the latest trends.

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A shuttle service to Vernon is also available to ensure everyone can indulge in the food and drink celebration and get home safely.

While some events are free to attend like outdoor concerts and a pop-up Artisan Market, most require tickets. Guests must be at least nineteen years of age.

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The festival is at Silver Star Mountain Resort 123 Shortt Street, Silver Star Mountain, Thursday Aug. 10 to Sunday Aug. 13. 

Go here for the complete program of events, to purchase tickets, and find more information.

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